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Michael Chabon Writing Disney’s Bob The Musical

28 July 2015 7:28 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy Bob the Musical, in which The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius may direct Tom Cruise, will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night. Additionally, Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets has been enlisted to write songs for the pic.

Bob the Musical centers on a regular guy who suffers a head injury after which he is able to hear the heart songs of everyone around him – much to his confusion and dismay. It’s been in development for more than a decade but recently got a shot in the arm when Hazanavicius, searching for a mainstream project to tackle in the wake of 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist, got involved.

As for Cruise, he’s still circling the lead role but has not signed on yet. The actor has flourished in musical »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Bret McKenzie Writing Bob: The Musical's Songs

27 July 2015 5:03 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In development since at least 2004, tuneful comedy Bob: The Musical has become one of the toughest nuts to crack for Disney. Now the Mouse House is hoping a combination of The Artist’s director Michel Hazanavicius, Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie and novelist-turned-script man Michael Chabon can finally lure Tom Cruise to star.Hazanavicius and McKenzie are officially aboard, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Chabon is in talks, likely hashing out the specifics of his script deal. Cruise is interested in the lead role, but is likely waiting to see what the current combo comes up with.Bob follows what happens when an ordinary bloke suffers a head injury. Instead of massive damage, he starts to hear the inner songs just bursting to get out of the hearts of those around him. He’s not exactly pleased with this newfound ability, however, as it turns the world into a musical around him, »

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Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’ Enlists Bret McKenzie, Michael Chabon

27 July 2015 3:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Songwriter Bret McKenzie and author Michael Chabon are joining Disney’s musical comedy “Bob the Musical.”

The project, in which a man suffers a head injury and can subsequently hear everyone’s inner song, is being produced by Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Jennifer Gibgot. “The Artist’s” Michel Hazanavicius has been attached to direct. “Bob the Musical” has been in development for more than a decade with script work by Mike Bender, John August and the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.

McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets Movie,” is on board to write tunes for “Bob the Musical.” He also won a Grammy with Jemaine Clement for their “Flight of the Conchords” comedy album.

Chabon is in talks to work on script for the project. He wrote “Wonder Boys,” “Telegraph Avenue” and “The Yiddish Policeman »

- Dave McNary

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"Muppets" Scribe Pens "Bob" Musical Numbers

27 July 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie is being brought on board to pen songs for Disney's long gestating musical comedy "Bob the Musical".

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is in talks to work on the film which Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist") is set to direct. Tripp Vinson, Chris Bender, Jc Spink and Beau Flynn are producing.

Tom Cruise is circling the lead role of a regular guy who, after an accident, can suddenly hear the inner songs of everyone’s heart as his reality is instantly turned into a musical - much to his dismay.

McKenzie wrote songs for "The Muppets" movie and won an Oscar for best original song with "Man or Muppet."

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- Garth Franklin

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Michael Chabon to Write Disney's 'Bob the Musical' (Exclusive)

27 July 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is in talks to work on Disney’s long-in-the-works comedy, Bob the Musical. At the same time, Bret McKenzie, one half of musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords who wrote many songs for The Muppets and won an Oscar for best original song with "Man or Muppet," has been brought on board to compose ditties for the feature. The project had been in development since at least 2004 but now has a renewed voice with director Michel Hazanavicius, who helmed the Oscar-winning 2011 film The Artist. Additionally, Tom Cruise is circling

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'Aladdin' Live-Action Prequel Movie Happening at Disney

15 July 2015 5:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney is digging deep into its well of animated movies, putting a live action prequel to the 1992 blockbuster Aladdin into development, entitled Genies. The studio has brought on screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th) to write the screenplay for the project, described as a "live-action comedy adventure" by The Hollywood Reporter. Disney is already planning to have this project, still in early development, spawn a live action remake of Aladdin itself.

The original Aladdin movie is based on a centuries-old Arabic folk tale about a lowly street kid who finds a magical lamp with a genie (Robin Williams), who grants him three wishes, while the nefarious Jafar tries to obtain this lamp to gain power over the land. The prequel Genies is said to focus on the realm of these magical entities, and how Aladdin's particular genie becomes enslaved in this lamp. Aladdin took in an »

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James Cromwell Champions Docu ‘Imminent Threat’ And Actor/Activist Has Stories To Tell

2 July 2015 2:50 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The best way to ensure a hot-button documentary doesn’t disappear is to get someone famous to rally behind the film. Jim Carrey’s Twitter diatribes against Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law mandatory childhood inoculations in California has given the 2014 docu Trace Amounts new life. Now, Mance Media has acquired and set a September 4 U.S. release for the Janek Ambros-directed Imminent Threat, and the film will get the hefty help of James Cromwell, star of The Artist, L.A… »

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French Guilds Back Gaspar Noe’s ‘Love’ in Light of Rising Far-Right Pressures

29 June 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — French film guilds have rallied to support Gaspar Noe’s “Love,” the Cannes-preeming pic that is on the radar of Gaul’s minister of culture and communication Fleur Pellerin. The minister has asked the classification commission to reconsider its rating of “under-16 with warning,” aiming to secure for the film an under-18 rating (equivalent to Nc-17). The measure would seriously damage the movie’s commercial prospects, limiting its theatrical release and television life.

The French movie community fears Pellerin is caving in to pressures from Promouvoir, an organization led by Andre Bonnet, a former leader of Bruno Megret’s far-right party, the National Republican Movement, which recently engineered the cancellation of “Saw 3D’s” exhibition visa in France, following a five-year legal battle. Promouvoir also managed to get “Saw 3D’s” rating upped to under-18 (from the previous under-16) by the French Council of State.

As the far-right National »

- Elsa Keslassy

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How Hollywood soundtracks repeat the same old tune

9 June 2015 9:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...

Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.

But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.

The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »

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Palm Dog. The Tradition Continues. "Woof Woof"

23 May 2015 3:36 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We're working on collecting fashions and awardage for two final big Cannes posts before tomorrow's closing ceremony awards but this one deserved it own special bone post as appetizer. The most famous recipient of the Palm Dog prize at Cannes is still Uggie from The Artist (2011) but the tradition continues each year and the lucky dogs were honored at the UK Film Centre this year, which is apparently the 15th year of the award.

Palm Dog "Dixie" from Arabian Nights (Portugal). The Canine actor's name is "Lucky" who is a Maltese terrier and poodle mix. Apparently she steals the show in the second half of the six hour (gulp) movie. You can read more about this picture in our We Can't Wait 2015 preview

Grand Jury Prize: "Bob the Dog" from The Lobster (Greece). Bob is played by father and son canine team "Jaro" and "Ryac". It's fitting that two dogs »

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Europe’s Digital Single Market: War Not Over, Warns Indie Film, TV Chief Jean Prewitt

22 May 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The battle to protect the film and television industries’ ability to license copyright territory by territory in Europe appeared to have been won at the Cannes Film Festival this week, but the war is not over, Jean Prewitt, CEO of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, told Variety.

On Sunday, European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said in Cannes that the film and television industries could be exempted from plans to create a Digital Single Market in Europe. Variety reported: “Peace has broken out between the European Commission and Europe’s film industry over the Commission’s plans for the movie industry’s digital future.” Oettinger said: “We want to come to a functioning single market for goods and products and services, but we don’t want to damage our creative industries, the film sector.”

European film business leaders urged caution. Michel Hazanavicius, director of “The Artist” and president of France’s Arp, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Cannes: European Commission — Film, TV Could Be Exempted From Digital Plans

17 May 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peace has broken out between the European Commission and Europe’s film industry over the Commission’s plans for the movie industry’s digital future.

European Commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger signaled Sunday afternoon at the Cannes Festival that certain sectors of “sensitivity” such as movies and TV, could be exempted from the Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market Strategy.

In another pronouncement that will be enthusiastically welcomed by Europe and Hollywood, anti-piracy initiatives will be a priority of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market policy, Oettinger announced.

Oettinger’s declarations rep a dramatic development. Unveiled by the European Commission on May 6, its Dsm Strategy plans champion cross-border access, whereby people in the E.U. should have the right to access content across borders situated on digital platforms in other countries.

Opposed by the Motion Picture Assn. (Mpa) and the Independent Film & TV Alliance (Ifta), that principle has »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes: European Commission — Film, TV Could Be Exempted From Digital Plans

17 May 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peace has broken out between the European Commission and Europe’s film industry over the Commission’s plans for the movie industry’s digital future.

European Commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger signaled Sunday afternoon at the Cannes Festival that certain sectors of “sensitivity” such as movies and TV, could be exempted from the Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market Strategy.

In another pronouncement that will be enthusiastically welcomed by Europe and Hollywood, anti-piracy initiatives will be a priority of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market policy, Oettinger announced.

Oettinger’s declarations rep a dramatic development. Unveiled by the European Commission on May 6, its Dsm Strategy plans champion cross-border access, whereby people in the E.U. should have the right to access content across borders situated on digital platforms in other countries.

Opposed by the Motion Picture Assn. (Mpa) and the Independent Film & TV Alliance (Ifta), that principle has »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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The Connection Feels Like a Slick Knockoff

16 May 2015 3:07 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

I suppose it’s a no-brainer that a movie about the French side of The French Connection would be called just The Connection (though its French title is, oddly enough, La French). One must never judge a movie by its title, of course, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that, for much of Cedric Jimenez’s film, the generic title matches the generic nature of the filmmaking. Based on true events and packed with detail, The Connection is dense, frantic, ambitious — but it often feels like it’s fast-forwarding through a dozen other films we’ve seen before, all of them better.The Connection lays out the years-long cat-and-mouse game played by dedicated magistrate Pierre Michel (The Artist’s Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin) and powerful drug kingpin Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche). The latter is at the center of the drug network pumping narcotics across the Atlantic and into New »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Constantin’s Dieter Hahn on the Dangers of the E.U. Digital Single Market Drive

15 May 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The gloves will come off this Cannes weekend. On Saturday, five leading lights of Europe’s film industry – Lord David Puttnam, Zentropa’s Anders Kjaerhauge, Mediapro’s Jaume Roures, Mike Ryan at Gfm, and Artline Films Olivier Mille – will debate at a colloquium the impact on Europe’s film and audiovisual sectors of the European Commission’s Single Digital Market strategy.

On Sunday, European Commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger will attend a press point with “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius and Costa-Gavras to talk about how to promote European cinema in the digital era. This comes as the Commission is advancing on Single Digital Market plans which, it declares will at once respect territorial licensing and window releases while pushing towards a single digital market, which appears to be a contradiction in terms.

In an article first published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Constantin’s Dieter Hahn, chairman of the supervisory »

- John Hopewell

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Cannes: Weinsteins Promote Ennis Hensley to Top International Sales Slot

13 May 2015 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Co. has promoted six-year veteran Ennis Hensley to be president of international sales and distribution.

“While my brother Bob and I come from New York and have always based our companies here, having a strong presence on the global film and television scene is immeasurably important to us,” said Harvey Weinstein. “It’s a pleasure to be making Ennis the face of our international team.”

TWC made the announcement on the opening day of the Cannes Film Festival, where Hensley will continue working on all international film sales of both TWC and Dimension titles. He will look to develop new business opportunities and maintain existing strategic alliances with independent distributors, along with representing TWC at all major international film markets, tradeshows and festivals.

Hensley was hired in 2009 as VP of distribution and finance. He’s overseen international sales and distribution for TWC, Dimension Films and specialty arm Radius, »

- Dave McNary

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Ennis Hensley to head international sales at TWC

13 May 2015 3:59 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Weinstein Company confirmed on Wednesday that the executive has taken over following the departure to Im Global of Michael Rothstein.

Ennis Hensley is named president of international sales and distribution, effective immediately.

He has headed international sales on the TWC, Dimension and RADiUS slates since March 14, shortly after Rothstein left the fold.

Hensley will continue to report to TWC’s Los Angeles office, working on international sales on the TWC and Dimension slates.

“While my brother Bob and I come from New York and have always based our companies here, having a strong presence on the global film and television scene is immeasurably important to us,” said Harvey Weinstein. “It’s a pleasure to be making Ennis the face of our international team.”

“We are thrilled to have Ennis continue his time at TWC and lead our international sales and distribution department,” said COO David Glasser. “He has been an incredibly valuable asset to the company »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Berenice Bejo to Star in Marco Bellocchio’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ (Exclusive)

12 May 2015 8:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berenice Bejo will star in Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio’s new film, “Fai bei sogni,” on which Germany’s Match Factory has taken international sales.

Bellocchio last attended the Cannes fest in competition in 2009 with Mussolini-era drama “Vincere.”

In Bellocchio’s latest, Bejo — who was Oscar-nommed for “The Artist” and won the Cannes actress award for Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past” in 2013 — will play the companion and emotional healer of a man contending with a lifelong trauma.

“Fai bei sogni,” which can be loosely translated as “Sweet Dreams,” is based on the eponymous autobiographical best-selling novel by Italian journalist Massimo Gramellini about coming to terms with the trauma of his mother’s premature death when he was nine. The book sold more than a million copies in Italy.

Italian A-lister Valerio Mastandrea (“Balancing Act”) plays the protag. Italo cast also comprises Fabrizio Gifuni, Guido Caprino and Barbara Ronchi (“Miele”), who »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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18 films that took their inspiration from James Bond movies

3 May 2015 4:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bourne and Mission: Impossible, right back to Harry Palmer and Danger Diabolik - meet the many pretenders to James Bond's throne...

Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.

Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.

The Ipcress File (1965)

Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »

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